Many of Springfield’s key attractions are located within easy driving distance of Florence, so it is a convenient place to base yourself. Two sights that should be on every visitor’s to-do list is the fabulous Look Memorial Park and the ever-popular Smith College Botanic Garden. And if your schedule allows, be sure to visit the Academy of Music Theater and Calvin Theater.
Stop by some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make the area such a rewarding holiday destination. Take a tour, admire the building in which it is housed or simply enjoy the wonderful exhibits at the Hadley Farm Museum in Hadley and the Porter Phelps Huntington Museum.
Get your body moving in nature at the many beautiful destinations nearby. Relax and enjoy the fresh air. Put on your hiking shoes and discover the well-used ecological reserves for which this area is so renowned, like the Joseph Skinner State Park in Hadley.
Nearby Mullins Center, Amherst is a great place cheer along with fellow lovers of college basketball, and to see local favorites, the UMass Minutemen, in all their glory. On game days follow the river of maroon and white, to the stadium, then after the full-time hooter blows, join fellow sports lovers in the nearby pubs and relive the action over a friendly drink or two.
To make the most of Florence, think about booking a room at one of the area’s many accommodation options. The D. Hotel & Suites, Holyoke, the Quality Inn & Suites Northampton and the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Northampton are just three of the best places to find a warm welcome and a good night’s rest.